Addiction specialists cite slightly higher success rates, between 8% and 12%. A New York Times article states that AA claims that up to 75% of its members remain abstinent. Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Promotes 50% Success Rate, Claiming Another 25% Remain Sober After Some Relapses. If the success rate is 10 percent or 35 percent, it's not a success for most AA members.
AA members who fail to stay sober are often considered failures by friends, family, colleagues, many in the medical profession and justice system. In the Big Book, AA states that its approximate success rate is 50%, plus 25%. This means 50% of members stay sober, 25% of members relapse but return, and 25% don't use AA effectively and don't stay sober. There is a lot of evidence now looking at the success rate of AA, and the success rate of AA is between 5 and 10 percent.
Most people don't seem to know because it's not widely advertised. There are some studies that claim to scientifically prove that AA is useful. These studies are plagued by scientific errors and say nothing more than we knew at the beginning, and that is that AA probably has the worst success rate of all medicine. It's difficult to determine the success rate of programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, largely because they're anonymous.
Some addiction specialists have claimed that AA has a 5 to 10 percent success rate. A study showed a 35% abstinence rate when participants continued to attend AA meetings for 2-3 years. In addition, estimates indicate that between 40 and 60% of people relapse from sobriety after one year of treatment, similar to relapse rates for other chronic diseases, such as diabetes or asthma. Most studies that measured abstinence found that AA was significantly better than other interventions or that there was no intervention.
In one study, it was found to be 60% more effective. None of the studies found AA to be less effective. Depending on who you ask, AA has a success rate of around 5 to 10%. Addiction specialists cite figures close to 8% to 12% for member sobriety after first year.
Drew Pinsky of “Celebrity Rehab” acknowledged that Sheen's statement had some credibility. But the fact is that it works when people do it. In 1951, based on what Dodes calls “the strength of self-reported success and popular articles (The Saturday Evening Post was a big supporter), AA received a Lasker Award, which is “awarded by the American Public Health Association for outstanding achievements in medical research or public health administration. Bob came up with the 12 steps from drunk asylums to Keeley's gold cure, with varying degrees of success.
There are other cases where people who were only using because they had serious mental health problems or because they met the wrong people are forced to go to AA by friends or family, even though all they really needed to do was date people who weren't drug addicts or take their mental health. medicines how are they supposed to. So these poor bastards who aren't from the bottom of the barrel, real alcoholics and drug addicts end up on a show that isn't for them. Stanford Medicine integrates research, medical education and health care into its three institutions: Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children's Health.
At different times, AA claims to have a 36% sobriety rate after 10 years or a 67% sobriety rate after 16 years, but that probably doesn't include the 40% who left before. Or they like to quote things in the preface that says: “Of the alcoholics who came to AA and really tried (whatever that means), 50% became sober immediately and stayed that way; 25% became sober after a few relapses, and among the rest, those who remained with AA showed improvement. For starters, the Big Book states that AA has a success rate of around 50 percent, with another 25 percent remaining sober after relapsing once or several times. What the most successful programs have in common is that they treat the individual with compassion and respect, provide a supportive and camaraderie social environment, and teach better ways to deal with life's problems.
Sure it doesn't say they got sober, but the hardcore folks at DAA and PPG love using it to reach this crazy 91.7% success rate. . .